Can Christians Be Capitalists

Written by A K Whitehead

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Eliminating Christianity In The Market Eliminating competitors unavoidably means eliminating Christianity from repparttar market environment. Competitors are got rid of by driving them out of business before one's own organisation is driven out. And that isrepparttar 126947 major principle involved in long term survival. Historically it has frequently involved illegal means, but in any case it involves taking every advantage and using every possible means to outreach and eliminate competitors.

In The Wealth Of Nation published in 1776 at a very early stage inrepparttar 126948 development of market capitalism, Adam Smith, who coinedrepparttar 126949 phrase aboutrepparttar 126950 iron hand ofrepparttar 126951 market, pointed torepparttar 126952 essential characteristic of any market: that it works onrepparttar 126953 principle of selfishness. Markets deliverrepparttar 126954 goods only when participants operate in their own self interest.

Sorepparttar 126955 basic principle of market capitalism is diametrically opposed to repparttar 126956 fundamental teachings of Jesus. He taught a number of principles which are damming torepparttar 126957 market system. One could quote many scriptures fromrepparttar 126958 New Testament, but a major one comes in Luke 6. 27 - 36. To quote only verse 31: Do to other people what you would have them do to you. Space will not permit further quotations. This whole question at length is discussed at length in my book The Path To Freedom. But this passage is sufficient and is supported by many other teachings of Jesus.

And we do not have to be capital-owning entrepreneurs to be a culpable part of this system..Even those of us at work are in a market: a labour or jobs market, in which we all participate. And we get on primarily atrepparttar 126959 expense of others. We often do to others what we would certainly not want them to do to us.

The Consequences? Anyone who reflects onrepparttar 126960 extensive non-Christian aspects of markets must reachrepparttar 126961 conclusion that it is a system incompatible withrepparttar 126962 basic principles of Christianity. It even grabs Christian feast days for itself. Just considerrepparttar 126963 commercialisation of Christmas and Easter. In many respects, one would have to conclude that its principles are satanic - but we have all be bought byrepparttar 126964 system!

Markets do deliverrepparttar 126965 goods. More goods and vastly greater standard of living than ordinary people could ever have expected or dreamed of. But there has been a price. A spiritually horrendous price. It is expressed primarily inrepparttar 126966 way we treat others.

So what arerepparttar 126967 personal consequences and implications forrepparttar 126968 Christian?

About The Author: A K Whitehead Web Site: Email: Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing, teaching and writing. Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Camb Univ Cert in Religious Studies This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included.

Why People Are Not Healed - And How To Prevent It

Written by A K Whitehead

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3. Lack Of Faith In The Pray-er This is a problem almost always specific to lay people. It is perhaps of more concern in some denominations than in others. The problem is that some people can believe that God will heal, but through you ...? A minister, perhaps, but a lay person ...?

More often than not, this is a problem with people who have limited experience ofrepparttar healing ministry. Be patient with them. As your reputation grows,repparttar 126946 problem will go away. Inrepparttar 126947 meantime try giving some witness torepparttar 126948 way God has used you inrepparttar 126949 past to bring healing to people. Yes, there is a possibility of you sounding "big-headed", but that is a risk you have to take. Take it gentle, trying to bring such witnessing in almost casually, perhaps to illustrate a point or principle.

4. Unforgiveness This is probablyrepparttar 126950 best known cause for nonhealing occuring. Probably because it is at least one ofrepparttar 126951 most frequently encountered! Surprisingly, it is also one ofrepparttar 126952 most easy causes to deal with. Why?

People usually have a great instinct for self interest. Ifrepparttar 126953 person has some area of unforgiveness and are reluctant to forgive those who offended them, quote some such scripture as Matthew 6. 14, 15 torepparttar 126954 effect that: if you will forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you will not forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins.

This usually works with considerable effect. That is partly because many people are are simply not aware ofrepparttar 126955 conditions for receiving forgiveness. That kind of ignorance is one ofrepparttar 126956 reasons why healing and teaching are complementary spiritual gifts.

About The Author A K Whitehead Web Site: Experience: Over twenty years in Christian healing and teaching. Qualifications: B.A., M.Phil., Camb Univ Cert in Religious Studies Conditions of use: This article may be reproduced on condition that it is unaltered and that all this information is included.

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